This manuscript arrangement may be of interest to guitarists, although I know other versions do exist in printed form. If you like this manuscript and if you think it should be made into a printed version, email me to let me know. Topics: john dowland, lachrimae, lute, guitar, manuscript, arrangement
Two poems by Paul Verlaine set to music in two different ways: Colloque sentimental is set for three equal voices a cappella, using an English translation by my father S N Solomons and it then appears again in the original French in conjunction with (and after) Mandoline from Fetes galantes in a Watteau-inspired song for alto voice and guitar. See the pdf files for the scores of each version and the ogg or mp3 files for my performance of each version and also a (spoken) recitation of Colloque... Topics: verlaine, fetes galantes, colloque, alto, trio, a cappella, guitar, original music, harlequin,...
Good Night - a guitar ostinato with vocal snippets reflecting various ways of saying "Good Night" in various parts of the world. Languages include English, Italian, Greek, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Czech, Welsh, Norwegian, Arabic and various others. See pdf files for scores and ogg or mp3 file for my performance. This can also seen on video here Topics: good night, dobrou noc, kali nykhta, gute nacht, bonne nuit, buenas noches, nos da, buona notte,...
The poem En Province by Rodenbach, with English translation (Up Country) by S N Solomons, set to music by D W Solomons. See pdf files for score and parts and ogg or mp3 files for performance. This can also be seen as a video on En Province Topics: rodenbach, solomons, poem, province, country, song, alto, original music
Carol Batton distributes her poems freely around Manchester. These are four of them, set to music for alto and guitar. See pdf file for the score and ogg or mp3 file for my performance. This can also be seen on video: Falling is Painless Topics: batton, leaf, clocks, song, original music, alto, guitar, poetry, poems, depression
A little dance by Handel arranged for recorder and guitar. See pdf file for score and mp3 or ogg file for electronic audio preview Topics: handel, haendel, hÃ¤ndel, anglaise, recorder, guitar, arrangement
Song for alto and classical guitar composed and performed by David W Solomons based on a poem by Paul Verlaine and an English translation by S N Solomons. See each of the pdf files for the two language versions and the ogg or mp3 file for my performance. The guitar part is fairly simple and makes good use of stopped and open strings on the same note and adjacent notes for its sonorous effects. Topics: verlaine, solomons, ennui, tedium, relentless, classical guitar, alto voice, original music,...
Poem by Sandra Eros, music composed and performed by David W Solomons. (see also video: Camden Town See pdf file for score and ogg or mp3 file for my performance. This is a lament for the poor and dispossessed of any town, who nevertheless have dreams of a better place. The guitar sequence was composed in a tiny patch of green in a London Square, a very strange evening.... (I have become aware, over the years, that some people think this song may have a connection with the Red Hot Chilli... Topics: camden, town, dispossessed, song, original music, poem, dreams, distant
A satire on the totalitarian State - poem by Reiner Kunze as translated by Ewald Osers, music composed and performed by David W Solomons (see also a video made from the song, complete with fast ladle action ;-) Bringers of Beethoven ) See pdf file for the score and ogg or mp3 file for the performance. Note how the guitar part parodies the main theme of Beethoven's Symphony No 5 .... with very un-Beethovenesque chords! Topics: Beethoven, totalitarian, individual, alto, guitar, original music, symphony no 5, C minor, parody
Song of the Childless for alto voice and guitar composed and performed by David W Solomons (see pdf for score and mp3 or ogg file for performance) This song was inspired by my initial reactions to the realization that I am infertile. In my case this was due to Kallmann's syndrome [go google it ;-)] (that being said, some people with Kallmann's can have children, after much medical fiddling, but this is not so in my case). I am now perfectly happy with my infertility, after all, there is much... Topics: infertile, infertility, childlessness, song, original music, alto, guitar, score, classical guitar,...
Song written after a "love affair" that never was. See pdf files for the various versions available (different keys with guitar chord names and version with full guitar part notated) and mp3 or ogg file for my performance in the original key (C Minor). I have also made a video of the song which you can see here: Cupid, shame yourself Topics: cupid, asexual, love, friend, shame, song, alto, guitar, chord names, iceberg, human form,...
Words and music by David W Solomons. Written for alto voice and classical (or blues) guitar To hear and see me perform it, visit the video here: Asexual Blues Note: I have now updated the score to include the guitar break. The new score is now available at: Asexual Blues at Musica Neo Topics: asexual, blues, humorous, bittersweet, guitar, alto
Sad poem in the Alsacien language by Andre Weckmann, which I set to music and performed at St Nicholas in Strasbourg (at a Green Party event back in 1977) and the poet was in the audience. He approved of my setting.... although he said my pronunciation was a bit too American (!) This version uses English for the narration but keeps Alsacien for the song of the girl (see pdf for the score and mp3 or ogg file for the mp3 - also see Als e gitarr for a video with subtitles. I am the performer. Topics: gitarr, guitar, youth, doomed, Alsacien, Alsatian, Weckmann, translation, subtitles, Strasbourg, St...
A silly setting of a silly poem, by kind permission of the poet. The sound sample is my own performance. The pdf is the score, should you wish to perform it. The poem relates some of the things to understand about Austria, from the point of view of someone trying to learn German. Topics: gavin, ewart, david solomons, wine, chocolate cakes, undertaker
I have made arrangements of Alfons Diepenbrock's Invitation au voyage for guitar accompaniment with various melody instruments (clarinet, flute, cello and with voice (high tenor or low alto). See pdf files for scores and parts. The sound file is an electronic preview of the version for clarinet and guitar. The guitar part is difficult... enjoy the challenge. Topics: Diepenbrock, clarinet, flute, cello, voice, guitar, arrangement, Baudelaire, difficult
Arrangement for descant recorder and guitar of the Gascon spinning song Au toun coenh. The score and parts are provided as pdf files and the sound sample (electronic preview) is uploaded as an mp3 file (ogg file) (If either file type cannot be seen check "All Files: HTTP") Topics: gascon, gascony, spinning, folk song, guitar, recorder, descant
As it says on the can.... using a few quotes from Beethoven's setting of Ode to Joy "Alle Menschen werden Brueder", this exuberant orchestral piece celebrates the fall of the wall in Berlin. I originally wrote it as part of a challenge on the "La Musqiue Petite" site - now defunct...) The pdf files are the score and parts. The ogg or mp3 file is an electronic preview. (if either file type cannot be seen check "All FIles: HTTP") It can also be seen as a video here:... Topics: berlin, wall, orchestra, celebration, midi, brothers, beethoven
Alcohol by Gavin Ewart set to music with the poet's approval for four equal voices (alto/tenor range) (or at least four equally drunk voices) by David W Solomons - who performs this version in multitrack fashion See ogg or mp3 file for my performance and pdf file for the score (if you would like to try singing it with drunken friends :-) (If either file type is not show check "All files: HTTP") I have also made a video based on my performance:... Topics: alcohol, brain cells, a cappella, alto, tenor, original music, gavin ewart, david w solomons,...
The accompaniment on this arrangement that I made of the English folk song a North country maid is moderately easy to play on the classical or acoustic guitar. The pdf file is the score. The mp3 or ogg file is an electronic preview (using clarinet for the voice part). (If either of these files cannot be seen check "All files: HTTP") Enjoy. If anyone records it I'd like to hear it :-) Topics: north, country, maid, folk song, english, guitar, alto, arrangement, classical, acoustic
See all 7 pdf files for the whole sequence. The mp3 or ogg file is a series of extracts from the sequence (because the soprano who sang with me doesn't want her voice to be included in the archive - pity!) (If either the pdfs or the ogg/mp3 aren't shown, check "All files: HTTP") Alun is a monk who writes lots of religious and philosophical poetry in various languages. In this sequence he is approaching the end of his noviciate and considering which order he should devote himself to. I... Topics: monk, poetry, religion, novice, music, voices, guitar, flute, recorder, alto, multitrack, philosophy
Part of my Sequence for Alun's poetry (also available in my collection here on archive.org but this page provides various transpositions separate from the sequence itself). The guitar part is very simple - just chord names (I play them arpeggio style but you can play them any way that suits). The words are from St Paul's Letter to the Hebrews. The style is sort of folksy (quite different from my usual style) and could be used in an evangelical style church service. See the pdf files for the... Topics: religion, music, monk, poetry, pure, evangelical, guitar, voices, hebrews, st paul, song, anthem
Setting of a poem by S N Solomons inspired by the poem "Si tu t'imagines" by Raymond Queneau (very different from the Joseph Kosma setting of the original as sung by Juliette Greco!). In the same way that Queneau reflected the "gather ye rosebuds" ideas of Ronsard, the poem here and the music are also neo-renaissance, a sort of 20th century re-imagining of the music with which Ronsard would have been familiar. The setting is for alto voice and guitar. (see pdf files for the... Topics: ronsard, queneau, solomons, gather ye rosebuds, alto, guitar, satire, humour
A curious version of my composition A la Valse (originally written for guitar solo). If any tuba quartet fancies playing this version, I'd love to hear a live recording. The enclosed files are the parts (pdf files) and an mp3 or ogg file of an electronic preview (the multiphonics are represented by vocal pads in the audio preview)) An improved version (including the score and parts) is available at MusicaNeo Topics: valse, waltz, tuba, euphonium, quartet, score, parts, funny waltz, quartet
A jigg by William Byrd arranged by D W Solomons for recorder and guitar. See pdf file for score and ogg or mp3 file for electronic preview (if either is not shown check out All Files: HTTP) Topics: byrd, william byrd, jigg, arrangement, guitar, recorder, score, electronic preview
Song by David W Solomons for recorder, alto voice and guitar based on Gavin Ewart's poem a cup too low - see pdf for score and ogg or mp3 for live performance. (If either of these can't be seen, check All Files: HTTP to download) Recorded in 1987 on Pentonville Road, performed by the composer with Tasse on recorder. The guitar starts with a theme from Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, by way of parody. My favourite line : It looks bad.. but don't be fooled... it is bad. Topics: ewart, solomons, mozart, parody, bad, alto, recorder, guitar, fooled, nachtmusik
Simple arrangements of ten English nursery rhymes, for high, medium or low voice with guitar chord names (see individual pdf files). I have performed 6 of these on this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inYm4p0SIdc The nursery rhymes are:Here we go gathering nuts in May (also known as Here we go round the mulberry bush), Hot cross buns, hey diddle diddle, Lavender's blue, The North Wind doth blow, Tom Tom the piper's son, Johnny's so long at the fair, Tom he was a piper's son (different... Topics: Nursery rhymes simple arrangements, voice, guitar chords, Here we go gathering nuts in May (also...
Many decades ago I, David W Solomons, wrote "The Poohratorio" - a children's cantata based on The Expotition to the North Pole from A A Milne's Now we are six (Winnie the Pooh). Note: This was many years before the Disney film: the melodies are all original and nothing to do with the Disney film (which I have never seen). Due to copyright problems with the estate of A A Milne, the cantata itself will become available only after 2031, when the works of AA Milne go into public domain by... Topics: pooh, milne, winnie, strings, sextet, leitmotifs, eeyore, piglet, roo, christopher robin, violin,...
Rupert the Chocolate Angel - a song composed and performed by David W Solomons, not so much a parody of Rudolph the rednosed reindeer, more an antidote to him! The melody is a sort of inverted version of the 1939 tune used for Rudolph. The video shown here is the 2 verse edition. I am also uploading the mp3 file (which will presumably be converted to an ogg Vorbis file in due course) There are many versions of this song in various languages and keys, the scores of which I shall upload here as... Topics: Rupert, chocolate, angel, melting, Santa, feast, Rudolph, Rudolf, reindeer, red nose, parody,...
A setting by David W Solomons for unaccompanied alto and tenor voices of the poem The Fallow Deer at the lonely house by Thomas Hardy See pdf for score and ogg Vorbis file for a performance by the composer Topics: fallow, deer, hardy, multitrack, a cappella, alto, tenor
Setting by David W Solomons of Rimbaud's poem Voyelles: (AATBarBB) See pdf for score. See ogg Vorbis file for a performance of the piece by the composer (multitracking) For a video of this piece see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCWS-Qho9ec A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu : voyelles, Je dirai quelque jour vos naissances latentes : A, noir corset velu des mouches éclatantes Qui bombinent autour des puanteurs cruelles, Golfes d'ombre ; E, candeur des vapeurs et des tentes, Lances des... Topics: rimbaud, voyelles, synaesthesia, synesthesia, men's voices, alto, countertenor, impressionism,...
This simple Communion setting was composed for St Anne's Church Sale and is available for liturgical use anywhere. See the various pdf files for scores of each section. The sound file (ogg file or commu.mp3 in All files: HTTP) is a multitrack performance of the whole setting by the composer. Topics: kyrie, gloria, acclamation, sanctus, benedictus, communion, simple, choir, congregation, setting
Choral description of a hot Sunday in Loughborough Park. Poem by Stanley N Solomons, music by David W Solomons. There are two versions (pdf files), one for men's voices (AABarBB) and one for mixed choir (SSATB). The composer made a recording of the men's voices version which can be heard in the ogg file or on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm5SSlp0bjY Topics: loughborough, park, hot, fat, pink, boyoes, poem, choral, choir, multitrack, men's voices, mixed...
Poem by Otto Wanke, music by by David W Solomons - for alto and guitar. A somewhat resigned teenage-angst song of unrequited love. See pdf file for score You can hear me perform the song in the ogg file Ich muss mich damit abfinden dass Feuer und Wasser nicht zusammen passen Das Feuer, das mit heller Flamme leuchtet, das seine Umgebung anzünden möchte, das knistert. Das Wasser, das gemächlich vor sich hinfliesst, das sich nur langsam erwärmen lässt, das sucht. Ich muss mich damit abfinden,... Topics: teenage, song, alto, guitar, unrequited love, angst, german, english translation
Arrangement of Robbie Burns' Scottish folk song Coming thro' the rye for SATB choir, clarinet and guitar, with added hornpipe theme. See pdf files for score and instrumental parts I have made a recording at pitch for illustration, but the voices are somewhat "Pinky and Perky"-ish! (see ogg file). I should be pleased to hear of a live performance on day.... Topics: scottish, folksong, folk song, rye, clarinet, guitar, choir, multitrack, burns
Settings by David W Solomons based on the Greek Orthodox Dismissal hymn Απολυτίκιον της Πεντηκοστής (Apolytikion tis Pentikostis) - one version is in the liturgically correct homophonic style and the other is in a more Westernised polyphonic style. I have sung the polyphonic version in my one-man choir (ogg file here or video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6bkhtHKZ4E The Greek words are transliterated into Roman style lettering on the scores. See gif file for the... Topics: dismissal, greek, apolytikion, homophonic, polyphonic, multitrack, liturgy, orthodox, religious
Traditional Hebridean melody arranged for clarinet and guitar by David W Solomons. See pdf file (under "All files: HTTP") for score and ogg file for electronic preview Topics: hebrides, hebridean, fairy, love, lilt, guitar solo, classical guitar, clarinet, score, music
Hebridean traditional melody arranged for guitar solo by David W Solomons See pdf file for score and ogg file for electronic preview Topics: hebrides, hebridean, love, lilt, guitar solo, classical guitar, score, music
5 silly songs for alto and guitar by David W Solomons based on the following 5 poems There was a young belle of old Natchez ... Beneath this slab John Brown is stowed ... The Devil having nothing else to do went off to tempt my Lady Poltagrue ... The laughter of the lesser lynx is often insincere ... The common cormorant (or shag) lays eggs inside a paper bag. ... Audio sample performed by the composer (see ogg file). See pdf file for score Topics: silly, songs, alto, guitar, original music, rieu, nash, belloc
String quartet by David W Solomons, composed in 2010, as a parody on the tune "We wish you a merry Christmas". See pdf files for score and parts. The sound sample is an electronic preview - awaiting a live performance one day when the snow isn't so thick on the ground.... The image shows the composer with three fellow musicians from many years ago Topics: string quartet, parody, merry, snow, snowbound, Christmas, greetings, violin, viola, cello
Song by David W Solomons based on the poem by Hilaire Belloc about a little boy who suffered from his habit of chewing string. See pdf files (listed under "all files HTTP") for various versions of the score (variously: keys of C D F and G) in which the guitar part is shown just as chord symbols and the vocal part in notation Topics: string, hilaire belloc, henry king, original music, chord symbols, guitar
Les Cloches by Debussy arranged by D W Solomons for soloist and choir. The video shows the words on screen and also an English translation. See pdf (under "All files HTTP") for score Topics: debussy, choir, solo, soloist, bells, romantic, religion, catholocism, arrangement
Ocarina septet based on my poem and duet "Incantation for Pamela". (The video of the duet can be enjoyed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jTnwONnIKc See pdf files for score and parts of this ocarina septet version. The sound sample (ogg file) is an electronic preview - I would be pleased to hear of any live performances. Topics: enchantress, ocarina, septet, romance, original music, incantation
Ocarina septet based on my setting of the poem Serenade in the summer residence by Reiner Kunze. See pdfs for score and parts The sound sample is an electronic preview - I should be pleased to hear of any live performances Topics: serenade, ocarina, septet, Kunze, original music, sala terrena
One of three septets for ocarinas by David W Solomons. This one appeared (in midi form) at a concert in Manchester in 2000, accompanying dancers as seen in the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gco_5C0wXpk but has not yet been played live. The score and parts are available here as pdf files. If a septet performs this piece I would like to hear them. The theme of this piece is based on my setting of Gautier's poem Noel, describing the poverty of the surroundings at the time of Jesus'... Topics: gautier, noel, original music, ocarinas, septet, dancers, special effects, vada
Words and music by David W Solomons. This madrigal for men's voices (AATB) is a parody of the old English folksong "Early one morning". See pdf file for the score. The anti-hero stumbles through the world and allows his naivety to get him into all sorts of trouble. The performance here is by the composer (multi-tracking) Topics: humour, parody, original music, multi-tracking, naive, anti-hero, trouble, scams, smuggling,...
Parody of the old Christmas carol Past three o'clock, words and music by David W Solomons (who also performs it in the sound sample here. See pdf file for score. An a cappella choir is enjoying a late sing, into the small hours, but their neighbour doesn't appreciate it.... A video of this piece can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMWDn2QqxHQ Topics: parody, a cappella, humour, neighbour, noise, nuisance, original music
Words and music by David W Solomons by way of a parody of the original Shakesperean song. The lover and his lass are passing through supermarket aisles (instead of "green corn field") and calling each other all the time on their mobile phones. Two versions are available - the original for ATTB men's voices and a higher version for SATB mixed choir. The music sample (ogg Vorbis file) is a performance of the original version by the composer, multitracking. A video of this piece can be... Topics: lover, lass, supermarket, mobile phone, cellphone, humour, parody, Shakespeare, multitrack,...
A series of limericks about a choir singing in the rain written and set to music by David W Solomons. A men's voices version (ATTB) and a mixed choir version are available. The sound sample is the ATTB version, sung by the composer. A video of this piece (with the multi-track performance by the composer) can be enjoyed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GszKEJpV4jw A live performance of the SATB version by a choir in Colorado in 2011 has also been made into a video here:... Topics: choir, rain, solomons, multitrack, limericks, humour, SATB, ATTB, choir, silly